Volume 380, Number 2, December III 2001
|Page(s)||397 - 408|
|Published online||15 December 2001|
The harmonic power spectrum of the soft X-ray background
I. The data analysis
Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Bartycka 18, 00-716 Warsaw, Poland e-mail: email@example.com (AMS)
2 MPI für extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstr., 85748 Garching, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (MJF)
Corresponding author: W. Śliwa, email@example.com (WŚ)
Accepted: 18 October 2001
Fluctuations of the soft X-ray background are investigated using harmonic analysis. A section of the ROSAT All-Sky Survey around the north galactic pole is used. The flux distribution is expanded into a set of harmonic functions and the power spectrum is determined. Several subsamples of the RASS have been used and the spectra for different regions and energies are presented. The effects of the data binning in pixels are assessed and taken into account. The spectra of the analyzed samples reflect both small scale effects generated by strong discrete sources and the large scale gradients of the XRB distribution. Our results show that the power spectrum technique can be effectively used to investigate anisotropy of the XRB at various scales. This statistics will become a useful tool in the investigation of various XRB components.
Key words: X-rays: diffuse background
© ESO, 2001
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